Feature Article: Zimm Joins PFMC

Capt. Louie Zimm tapped to join the PFMC

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 06, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. — This past week Capt. Louie Zimm was selected to join the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, after several years serving on the Council's Groundfish Advisory Panel.


A San Diego local, Zimm brings a lifetime of recreational fishing background, both as a charter boat owner and avid recreational angler. He holds a USCG 500 Ton Masters License and served as Captain of oceanographic research vessels for Scripps Institution of Oceanography from 1983 to 2004.

A friend to the SAC fleet and Weighmaster of the San Diego Yacht Club, he serves on the Board of the Hubbs Sea World Research Institute. His voice on the Council will be a valuable one for years to come.

Appointees are nominated by the Governor and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve 3-year terms. The PFMC decides such things as seasons and limits for our Federally managed fisheries. There are 8 regional councils and the PFMC serves the Pacific Region including the states of Washington, Oregon and California.

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, councils are required to:

— Develop and amend fishery management plans.

— Convene committees and advisory panels and conduct public meetings.

— Develop research priorities in conjunction with a Scientific and Statistical Committee.

— Select fishery management options.

— Set annual catch limits based on best available science.

— Develop and implement rebuilding plans.

Zimm commented humorously regarding his appointment, "Now I will have 5 times as much material to study." He fills the California seat recently vacated by Capt. Buzz Brizindine, who had reached his term limit.

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